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The Lightyear One is a $169,000 electric car with built-in solar panels

By Polycount · 20 replies
Jun 25, 2019
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  1. Tesla might be an electric car enthusiast's wildest fantasy, but in terms of pure green energy, they still aren't quite perfect. After all, the electricity you use to charge the car from your home could have been generated in less-than-clean power plants or factories.

    For those who truly want to minimize their carbon footprint, Dutch carmaker Lightyear's latest announcement might be of interest: the company has unveiled the Lightyear One, an all-electric car with built-in roof and hood solar panels. These panels, as long as it's relatively sunny outside, will allegedly be capable of adding an extra 7.5 miles of range to the car per hour.

    Obviously, that charging speed isn't going to set any industry records. In fact, if you relied on it as your only charging method, it would take you almost three days to fully power up the Lightyear One's battery (which has 450 miles of range by default).

    However, that's not what the solar panels are intended for. Instead, they have been designed to reduce the amount of time and money you spend on ordinary charging in the long run, or perhaps even acting as an emergency power source if you're stuck in the middle of nowhere with a dead battery.

    As nice as the Lightyear might sound, and as sleek as its early prototype looks, these vehicles are not targeted toward the mass market. If you get the "Pioneer Edition" of the Lightyear One, you'll be expected to drop €119,000 ($135,500) for a reservation payment, which is a sizable chunk of the vehicle's full €149,000 ($169,658) price tag.

    If you're a bit later to the party, or simply want to pay less up front, the first 1,000 One owners will pay a reduced reservation payment of €19,000 ($21,635). Everyone else will need to shell out €4,000 ($4555). The benefit of getting in early is that you'll get the car earlier -- Pioneer Edition owners are expected to receive their One in early 2021, but everyone else will need to wait until mid 2021.

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,478   +3,036

    It will take more of such endeavors to escalate world-wide research into better-efficiency solar panels, so there would indeed be progress. Then it will get interesting, once we go beyond the 45 percent. And how efficient the panels in this car anyway? Gut feeling - it is way below that.
    Clynt and Rockstarrocks like this.
  3. ckm88

    ckm88 TS Addict Posts: 166   +119

    It looks so ugly.
    gusticles41 likes this.
  4. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,390   +3,779

    It's a first attempt and despite it's many shortcomings it is certainly a step in the right direction .... but yours truly won't be shelling out that kind of coin for ANY car so they will need more buyers ....
    Clynt likes this.
  5. Igrecman

    Igrecman TS Maniac Posts: 277   +165

    It created a Buzz
    A Buzz Lightyear
    TempleOrion and TheBigT42 like this.
  6. toooooot

    toooooot TS Evangelist Posts: 820   +403

    Wrecking it will be expensive. Also when solar panels become widely used and every house will have them, people will be looking for free upgrades.

    I mean think about this, you jack 10 solaryear car hoods, and you got a free power upgrade for entire house.
    TheBigT42 and ForgottenLegion like this.
  7. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,966   +1,230

    Gotta start somewhere, but, it would be interesting to see how these panels handle a good ole midwestern
    TheBigT42 and Capaill like this.
  8. netman

    netman TS Addict Posts: 322   +101

    It appears this car was made for duchess of the Netherlands!
    ForgottenLegion likes this.
  9. netman

    netman TS Addict Posts: 322   +101

    The solar panels appear to have a non-glass surface which presumably make them resistant to hard rain, snow and hail...
    TempleOrion likes this.
  10. fluffydestroyer

    fluffydestroyer TS Booster Posts: 81   +41

    I was gonna say why is this not done from the start or done with the first electric cars...then I saw the price.
  11. ChrisH1

    ChrisH1 TS Addict Posts: 139   +67

    Teslas are expensive to repair when it comes to panel damage ... I shudder to think about these. There'll be no filling it in with epoxy and a quarter-panel spray job!
  12. B5S46M

    B5S46M TS Enthusiast Posts: 24   +37

    Probably better than current designs of sheet metal. Many cars look as dimpled as golf balls after getting hit with hail.
    TempleOrion likes this.
  13. brucek

    brucek TS Maniac Posts: 167   +207

    Solar panels are great. But on a car is not a great location for them.

    How many people with $170,000 cars don't garage them?

    If you live in a big city where most parking is in multi-story parking structures or integrated into large office or condo towers, you might not even have that choice.
  14. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Evangelist Posts: 1,240   +901

    Those wheel covers in the rear alone pretty much destroy the car's looks.

    Remove them.

  15. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,401   +627

    Some people like fender skirts. Not me but some people. They are removable in order to take off the wheel. So just take them off if you don't want them.
    TempleOrion likes this.
  16. HyPeroxya

    HyPeroxya TS Enthusiast Posts: 86   +10

    No sense to this, just a gimmick. shares(now)= shares(nextyear) x 4
  17. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Evangelist Posts: 1,240   +901

    Some people like manuals.

    The Free market didn't.

    Guess what: less than 10% of cars sold still offer a manual.

    The Free market is ALWAYS right.
  18. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,401   +627

    What's that got to do with what I said?
    TempleOrion likes this.
  19. TempleOrion

    TempleOrion TS Enthusiast Posts: 40   +26

    Depends on what you mean by 'right'... Notwithstanding the fact that there is no such thing as a 'free' market...
  20. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Evangelist Posts: 1,240   +901

    It basically means that the few people who think that ugly feature is "cute" or "cool" don't matter enough to influence car production.
  21. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Evangelist Posts: 1,240   +901

    What's right is right.

    People vote with their feet and with their dollar.

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